Sequoya Elementary Swells SUSD’s A+ Schools Count to 10
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (April 24, 2019) – Sequoya Elementary School, 11801 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, is an Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) A+ School of Excellence™* for the 2018-2019 school year. The annual recognition of Arizona’s most prestigious public schools is valid for three-and-a-half years, through 2022.
“Sequoya is a special place. It’s a place that brings together children, families and educators to create a community that values and depends on each other to construct the finest educational experience for all,” said Principal Veronica Leiper.
Sequoya joins nine other Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) schools - Cherokee, Cochise, Hohokam, Laguna, Navajo, Redfield and Tavan Elementary schools; Copper Ridge School (K-8); and Chaparral High School - on Arizona’s A+ list. Sequoya was last an A+ School in the 2017-2018 school year.
Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools are eligible to apply for the A+ designation. The months-long process begins with applicant schools taking an in-depth look at how they focus and support students; what they do to create and support a school culture; how they support teaching and learning; and closely examining their curriculum, leadership, community parent involvement and assessment data. Applications are the collective work of each school’s stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members.
A+ applications are due each January, with site visits conducted in February and March, and that year’s A+ Schools of Excellence™ announced in April.
“We are thrilled that Sequoya is being recognized for something we have known for a long time. Without question, it is one of Scottsdale’s and Arizona’s top public schools,” said SUSD Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard.
“My top priority as a principal,” said Leiper, “is to put a great teacher in every classroom, and I’m very proud to say I have an amazing teacher in every one of Sequoya’s classrooms.”
Sequoya will receive $500 and a banner from AEF officials at a 10 a.m., May 22 celebration that will also mark the school’s 30th anniversary.
The Arizona Educational Foundation was founded in 1983 by then-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Warner, Arizona grocery store chain President Eddie Basha and Arizona Republic Community Relations Director Bill Shover to celebrate excellence in public education and provide programs to support schools on a path to excellence. The AEF’s signature programs include the A+ Schools of Excellence™, Arizona Spelling Bee and Arizona Teacher of the Year.
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About the Scottsdale Unified School District
With more than 23,000 students in 29 schools, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has been a premier choice for Pre-K through grade 12 public education for more than 120 years. Located northeast of metropolitan Phoenix, the District serves the educational needs of students and families in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe and Scottsdale. A highly experienced, professionally certified teaching staff fosters a diverse and rigorous educational environment to develop the potential in every individual learner. Offering gifted learning, special education, career and technical education, and a variety of athletics, arts and enrichment programs and clubs, SUSD provides the rich environment today’s students need to explore their interests, develop important social skills and grow into tomorrow’s leaders. For more information, visit www.susd.org and follow along on social media: Facebook: @ScottsdaleUSD, Twitter: @ScottsdaleUSD, Instagram: @ScottsdaleUnifiedSD, Nextdoor, LinkedIn and YouTube.
* A+ School of Excellence is a trademark or service mark of the Arizona Educational Foundation and is used with permission.